Last year’s Lockdown and quarantine translated into a spike in home renovations, both in DIY projects and professionally done remodels. Many homeowners integrated green-home concepts into their plans: between March 2020 and March 2021, Google searches for “green home renovations” increased 112%. ConstructionGlobal analyzed Google search volumes to scrutinize the most significant trends.
The list starts with resource recycling methods, including water and heat. Homeowners desire water-conserving appliances at an increasing rate—everything from refrigerators and dishwashers to faucets and showerheads. Also, the market shows an increase in water diverters, which send wastewater to gardens. Homeowners also seek renewable heat sources, such as biomass boilers and air source heat pumps.
Two window design alterations play a part in recent green home restorations: first, triple glazing, which conserves energy and reduces noise pollution (a big concern for people who work from home); second, dual-pane windows, which provide a pocket of air to better insulate homes. Skylights, also growing in popularity, add ventilation and heat control.
Since last March, home renovators doubled search engine queries for solar panels and energy-efficient lighting.
The title of most searched home renovation, up 115%, belongs to living walls. These walls covered with growing plants help purify the air and add insulation.
Amid a booming residential construction market, those who don’t desire to move want renovations that include green options.